Srs. Jane Ann Scanlon, Joan Brennan, Regina DeVitto, Mary Nerney, Carmel Caputo, Mary Ann Rossi and Deanna Sabetta assist in the celebration of a Golden Jubilee Mass in CT. The celebrant is Fr. Dave Reilly Photo, CND, 2009
We come from countries in North America, Central America, Asia, Africa and Europe where we live and work among the people. In response to a call from our loving God, we give our lives to work toward achieving God’s desire for a just and peaceful world for all peoples.
The significance of this question, chosen as the theme, in relationship to this moment in history became abundantly clear under the capable guidance of our facilitator, Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM.
Interconnected with this was our experience, on a personal and communal level of a shift in consciousness. The different stages of consciousness were outlined and we were invited to view our development through these stages as a spiral. The spiral image was used as it turns up and out transcending what went before and returning to a new trajectory, including parts of the earlier stages.
How can it be finished? It isn’t! We may have left the Courtyard Marriott Hotel but the assembly is not finished.
Friday was a day of “Now what?” with silent stillness to begin and open mic time to share. Ann Broderick spoke in the name of the whole leadership team of their ongoing commitment to exercising their contemplative presence, even sharing with the group their experiences with facilitator Bríd Long.
All the Sisters and Associates of Visitation Province will be receiving a compilation of reflections and personal commitments that were spoken in one voice at the end of mass – a true cacophony of energy flowing out into the not only the room but the universe.
At the Annual Assembly of the Sisters of Divine Providence, Beth Davies, CND, will be presented with the 2015 Ketteler Award for Social Justice.
We recognize Sister Beth for her advocacy and activism on behalf of the impoverished, addicted and exploited in Southwest Virginia — the heart of Appalachia. Serving a region in despair and advocating for the people who are too often forgotten, Sister Beth’s ministry reflects Bishop’s Ketteler’s energetic work for justice.
In 1998, the Sisters of Divine Providence instituted the Ketteler Award to honor individuals who demonstrate a strong commitment to social justice. The award, named for Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler, Bishop of Mainz, Germany, and founder of the Congregation, is presented annually.
On Friday, June 25, Sister Josephine Badali signed a letter sent to the Prime Minister of the Province of Quebec, Mr. Philippe Couillard. In this letter we express our concern for the environment and we “strongly call upon (…) the Heads of State, to make a firm, concerted and binding commitment against the threat of global warming and to counteract the catastrophic consequences. For our part, we commit to support the positive decisions you will make on this matter.”
The letter will be sent to a list of decision-makers presented by the social justice team of our provinces and regions.